Streamflow Forecasting and Biodiversity

  • Monica Ionita
  • Madlene Pfeiffer
  • Stephan Frickenhaus
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Earth System Sciences book series (BRIEFSEARTHSYST)


“Streamflow forecasting and biodiversity” is a 1 year project developed at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in Bremerhaven. The focus of this research project is to determine the degree of alteration of different river-based hydrological regimes, induced by climate change and human intervention, and how these alterations could influence biodiversity of stream ecosystems and beyond. The results of this project should serve as a guide for water managers to adopt a more sensitive and holistic approach in order to keep the distribution of annual values as close to the pre-impact distributions as possible.



This research was funded by Earth System Knowledge Platform (ESKP) as part of the “Streamflow forecasting and biodiversity” project. We thank the German Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG) in Koblenz Germany for providing the streamflow data. Furthermore, we thank the developers of the IHA software for making it available to the public.


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  • Monica Ionita
    • 1
  • Madlene Pfeiffer
    • 1
  • Stephan Frickenhaus
    • 1
  1. 1.Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Alfred Wegener InstituteBremerhavenGermany

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